Seeing America

Las Vegas museum tells of city’s history with nuclear testing

LAS VEGAS — Most retellings of Las Vegas’ history focus on the mob, casinos or the evolution of the neon sign. Since March 2005, the National Atomic Testing Museum has focused its attention on a more ominous bit of Sin City’s history: its connection to nuclear testing and the development of atomic bombs. The nearby Nevada Test Site (now officially renamed the Nevada National Security Site) served as a testing site for nuclear devices starting

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Hundreds turn out for Southern Museum’s inaugural Museum Night

The ominous threat of bad weather wasn’t enough to deter the more than 300 people who turned out to the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History to help celebrate its 10th birthday. During the inaugural Museum Night, guests had the rare chance to climb aboard The General locomotive made famous during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase. Visitors also partook in a multitude of family-friendly activities – including a railroad camp, slot cars

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FAA approves Boeing’s certification plan for redesigned 787 batteries

Airlines could soon return Boeing 787 aircraft to commercial service, possibly within a matter of weeks, according to various published reports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week said it approved Boeing’s certification plan for the redesigned 787 battery system. The 787 aircraft have been grounded since January as Boeing works to resolve an issue with the aircraft’s batteries. According to the FAA, battery system improvements will include “a redesign of the internal battery components

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American Latino Museum proposed for National Mall in Washington

A group of Congress members want to build a new museum on the National Mall dedicated to telling the story og the Latino community and their contributions to the country. Bipartisan legislation introduced in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate calls for the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building on the National Mall to be re-designated as the location of the proposed Smithsonian American Latino Museum. The museum would be built with private funds,

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Chavez the latest former leader to go on display, maybe?

ATLANTA, March 17, 2012 – The latest in macabre tourist attractions may have hit a snag this week. Apparently, according to a Reuters report, officials in Venezuela waited too long to prepare the body of former President Hugo Chavez for permanent display. “Russian and German scientists have arrived to embalm Chavez and they tell us it’s very difficult because the process should have started earlier … Maybe we can’t do it,” Reuters quoted interim President

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TSA administrator: The individual is dangerous, not the object

TSA Administrator John Pistole this week said he understands “concerns” raised by critics of a proposed policy to allow passengers to carry small knives on planes, but he is standing pat. “It is not the object per se that is dangerous but the individual who intends to use that object to inflict harm that presents the danger,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in his prepared remarks. Interestingly, that’s an argument opponents of gun control often

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Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade set for Saturday

ATLANTA – More than 80,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday for the 131st Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade. The annual family-friendly parade, aimed at celebrating the city’s Irish culture and history, steps off at noon on Saturday (March 16). The parade runs along Peachtree Street, from the intersection of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Peachtree Street, to Marietta Street in Five Points. This year’s festivities include a pre-parade performance starting at 11:30 a.m. at the

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Flight attendants object to TSA knife policy

ATLANTA – Travelers can soon take “small knives” in their carry-on luggage, under a rule change announced this month by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But, the proposal has seen blowback from flight attendants and the CEO of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. “Flight Attendants are outraged,” the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents nearly 90,000 Flight Attendants at carriers nationwide, said in a statement. “We are the last line of defense in aviation security and

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Atlanta begins installing tracks for new streetcar line

ATLANTA – Crews last week began installing the first track for Atlanta’s new streetcar line, which is slated to open next spring. Workers are expected to install one block of track every three to four weeks, according to city officials. When the east-west route opens next spring, city officials believe the new $69.2 million line will ferry tourists to and from many of the city’s popular downtown attractions. When completed, the 2.7-mile streetcar line will